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Storytellers: The Importance of Reading

Reading with your children and encouraging them to read on their own is incredibly important for many reasons. The most obvious benefit from reading is the enhancement of your child’s speech and language skills. As your child is beginning to learn the ins and outs of English, reading will help them get accustomed to proper grammar and word usage. Additionally, having your child read a book that they already know well, from having it read to them, will help create an association between the words they already know and how they look on paper. Aside from the linguistic benefits, reading also allows your child to become accustomed to things they don’t experience every day.  Reading helps children learn how to adapt to new experiences. This may be through reading books about other cultures or different time periods. Imaginative and thought-provoking books also help kick start your child’s creativity and logical thinking skills from a young age.

If you are looking to add to your child’s bookshelf, here are a few books and series that have come out in the last few years that are favorites of kids and parents!

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty – This book is one in a collection of many that focuses on girls of different ethnicities and backgrounds and their desires to work in different areas of STEAM. Beaty’s collection focuses on science, engineering, architecture and more. These books are a great example to show young girls that they can do whatever they set their minds to!

Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – The same caterpillar you know and love with a different story! This story featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar is about how having someone special in your life makes the world a better and happier place. This is a fun book for an older sibling, who read the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a child, to read their younger siblings.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin – This book is all about the many, many reasons a parent loves their child.  This is a very sweet book to help remind children just how much they are loved.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – This is a fun story about what would happen if all of the crayons decided to quit coloring. It is a fun way to practice color recognition with your little ones!

To purchase any of the books listed you can check out Barnes & Noble and to view the full article about the importance of reading you can click here! What are your families’ favorite stories? Share them in the comments below! And to share this post with your friends and family click the share button on the side of the post!

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